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Characterization of female sex workers in Brazilian capitals, 2016




HIV, Sex Work, Sampling Studies, Social Networking, Vulnerable Populations, Brazil


Objective. To describe the characteristics of female sex workers (FSW) from 12 Brazilian cities. Methods. Cross-sectional study of Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Survey (BBSS) with FSW recruited by Respondent-Driven Sampling (RDS), in 2016. HIV prevalence, sociodemographic, behavioral, and variables related to sex work were estimated by city. Chi-square test was used to compare these distributions. Results. Among 4,328 FSW, HIV prevalence was 5.3% (95%CI 4.5;6.3), ranging from 0.2% (95% CI 0.0;1.2), in Campo Grande, to 18.2 (95%CI 13.2;24.7) in Salvador.  In half of the cities, HIV prevalence in the samples was >5.0%, while Campo Grande, Brasília and Belo Horizonte had prevalence rates <1.0%. Significant differences between cities were found in the distributions according to educational level, income, workplace, starting age of sex work, and illicit drugs use. Conclusion. The characteristics of the samples in each city were distinct and have influenced local HIV prevalence.


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Braga, L. P. ., Szwarcwald, C. L. ., & Damacena, G. N. . (2020). Characterization of female sex workers in Brazilian capitals, 2016. In SciELO Preprints.


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